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I have had sensorineural hearing loss since childhood that has been attributed to having chicken pox and measels at a young age.  I have been told all my life that hearing aids would not help as it would amplify that which I hear and not give me the clarification needed for word understanding.  In January of this year (2009) I went to see an otolaryngologist to find out once and for all if this was the case.  I did not want to spend thousands of dollars on hearing aids and not have them benefit me.  The outcome of that visit was after an extensive audiogram I saw Dr. Gantz at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.  He agreed that what I have always heard but suggested a cochlear implant.  I was very negative on that and after hearing all the pros and cons went home that  day with my head swimming with information.  I had a return appointiment in February to discuss further if I would consider an implant.  My husband and family have been very supportive of this since we first encountered Dr. Gantz but it did take my husband longer to feel comfortable with it due to the side affects and high risks involved with the surgery.  On March 27, 2009 I had a Hybrid Coclear implant on my left ear.  This will enable me to utilize what little residual hearing I still have and will combine the cochlear with a hearing aid thus the hybrid.  I am a little over two weeks post -op right now and awaiting activation day on April 28th.  

Update~  It has been two years now since I was implanted with the Freedom Hybrid.  My experiences and journey to hearing have been phenomenal and I'm still having 'CI moments' even now! 

 

 

Update~ On August 19th I was updated to the the new N6 Hybrid which was just FDA approved a few months ago.  Wow what a difference.  I can hear clearer and with the remote it is so easy to change the settings.  Absolutely love it.  Thanks Cochlear for

giving me the gift of hearing.  I am forever grateful. 

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More sadness...
6 Months Ago
I flew back to Maine from Iowa on Friday afternoon and stayed with my Mom overnight at the nursing home.  It has been hard being so far away and now...
Been Busy...
7 Months Ago
It has been ages since I have checked in on the community and I have missed reading the posts.  I flew out to Maine in January as my dad was not doing...
As I reflect on the past 4-1/2 years since I got my Hybrid CI, it has been an amazing journey.  I am so thankful for the technology that...
I am so excited as the FDA advisory board approved the Hybrid yesterday!!   Yea.... There is an article on the Cochlear website.  I have had a...
CaptionCall Phone
3 Years Ago
Amazing.... I went to the Captioncall.com website and placed my code for a free phone.  I wasn't sure if I really wanted it for myself or my dad who...
This website is about a 12 year old girl who is hearing impaired that is not ashamed of her HA.  She has started an at home jewlery business and makes...
Yes, we are celebrating our 43rd ananiversary.  Actually we have known each other for 48 years!  Longer than a lot of you on this...
Retiring next week!
3 Years Ago
I'm winding down in my nursing career after 45 years!  All the sounds of a hospital: call lights, medicine dispensing machine, IV alarms, breathing...
While on vacation I saw a boy walk past me with his dad and I spotted a HA.  So, I turned around after they passed us wondering if perhaps he had ...
Hard to believe it has been just over 2 years since I was activated with my Hybrid CI.  Many have asked why the Hybrid and its because I still had some...
I have had my CI now for two years and noticed over the last year that I have been unable to lip read as the mouth and words don't sync  for...
Long TIme No See...
4 Years Ago
I can't believe it has been since August that I posted anything on here.  But this fall has been anything but fun in more ways than one. ...
What a wonderful couple of days at the Fair!  Although I had my inplant for the fair last year, I heard so much better this time around.  The...
not able to move around, can't listen to music or watch the TV with sound, can't chew gum or food and have to stay this way for several hours!! ...
This is the first anniversary of my Hybrid Cochlear implant.  The year has gone fast and I was a little apprehensive about the testing this week as...
This is the first anniversary of my Hybrid Cochlear implant.  The year has gone fast and I was a little apprehensive about the testing this week as...
I just got back from a week in Florida at the ocean.  What a week of hearing new things and being reminded of what I've missed out on for so long...
I had another CI moment last week at the dentist.  I had gone in for a filling and the dentist and the assistant both had masks on.  I was so...
Inner Ear Pain...
4 Years Ago
Anyone ever get sharp intermittant pain in their implant ear?  I started this about 2 weeks ago and have had three episodes of this and am having one...
We just got home last night from visiting our daughter and family in NH.  What an exciting time and the first time with my CI.  I was able to keep...
I want to thank you for a wonderful year of meeting many of you on this website and for the encouragement you have given to me in your comments directly or...
CI Moment...
5 Years Ago
My husband and I were driving down through town and all of a sudden I heard a siren.  I looked around, out the side windows and could not see an...
Well, I've just completed 3 long days of testing and had another mapping for my 6 month checkup.  Because of the Hybrid and the research that goes...
Wednesday night was my first time going to a 'connect with your community' meeting.  It was very informative, and was conducted by Lisa...
Another CI Moment
5 Years Ago
My Mom is here visiting and she and I were sitting in the family room talking.  I kept hearing a slight whistling sound and thought, "thats odd as...
I had another appointment today with the audiologist because I felt like I wasn't hearing as well as I had the past few weeks.  I had some problems...
The past few weeks I have noticed that my battery in my HA is not lasting 4 days like it had in the previous weeks.  I am wondering if it is because I...
I had my 3 month mapping last week and everything went well.  Because I have a hybrid my testing was 2-1/2 days long so needless to say I was tired...
Well, it has been a journey to be sure!  I was re-mapped  on June 26th and the first week was more noisey with the CI than I wanted it to be. ...
I had my one month activation last Friday and it went well.  First of all I was very happy to meet Lisa W, another CI implanter on this site and wish we...
New Friend
5 Years Ago
Going tomorrow for my 1 month mapping and while there I'm hoping to meet another cochlear implanter.  Lisa W and I have been corresponding and our...
I'm 3 weeks out post activation and doing well with the CI.  The bells and whistles have really settled down and I'm hearing new things every...
I was back to the UIHC yesterday for mapping.  I was able to get the acoustic piece (hearing aid) for the implant ear ~ I have the Hybrid~ and what a...
Here it is only a little over 48 hours and I can already tell the difference in hearing. Yea... I can hear my own voice through the implant, detect...
April 28th
5 Years Ago
Tomorrow is my activation day.  Am I excited or what!!!  The month has gone by fast even though I had some little things come up but all is well...
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